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Active on Longboat Key, FL (IOTA NA-034), occasionally. Please see my W0FK/4 Page here for details.


I'm an attorney, currently semi-retired following my last stint as General Counsel of a major manufacturer and distributor of private label health and beauty care products Aside from ham radio, I stay busy mentoring startups, consulting, and pursuing my other hobbies (photography and stargazing).  

I was first licensed in 1965 in Findlay, Ohio as WN8RAV, and held the calls WA8UUR, WD0BKD and KB0CJ until I received my current call. I am an ARRL Volunteer Counsel and have assisted local hams with zoning and related antenna/tower issues since the late 1970's.

I am an active DX'er, holding DXCC #1 Mixed (355 countries) and am on the Honor Roll on phone (352 countries). I'm active from 160 through 6 meters, and although I enjoy chasing DX on the low bands, 6M remains my favorite (604 grids).

My station consists of an extended Elecraft K-Line (K3S, KAT500, KPA500, KX3, KPA100). My current antennas are a SteppIR 18E at 60 feet and an Innovantenna 7 element 50MHz LFA WOS at 68 feet on a US Tower HDX-555; SteppIR BigIR with the 80M coil; 160M Inverted "L"; 1/4 wavelength vertical on 80M; and a Hi-Z 4-element phased receiving array for the low bands.


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IOTA NA-034 Activations

I operate /4 from Longboat Key, FL (IOTA NA-034) "holiday style" occasionally, usually in March. Please check out my W0FK/4 page.


HISTORICAL NOTE: The previous holder of my call was David H. Gieskieng of Arvada, Colorado. Mr. Gieskieng was born October 14, 1918, and was licensed from 1935 until his death on August 30, 2000. He was a noted engineer, has a number of US patent to his credit, and invented a low frequency antenna (named the Gieskieng Antenna in his honor), the details of which are summarized at http://www.ok1rr.com/index.php/antennas/38-meet-the-modified-gieskieng-antenna I am privileged to continue to keep the call he held active.



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